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The least we could do

March 23, 2013

THE wife of an American soldier saw a small note, along with a $40, on the windscreen of her car, parked near Dunkin Donuts,

“I noticed the sticker on the back of your car,” the note read, referring to a ‘Half my Heart is in Afghanistan’ bumper sticker. “Take your hero out to dinner when he comes home. Thank you both for serving. Him deployed and you for waiting.”

It was signed ‘United States veteran’ and ‘God Bless.’

The woman, Samantha Ford, a mother of two who lives outside of Boston, quickly snapped a photo of the note and the cash, and shared it on the Facebook page “Our Deployment: 101,” a sort of online support community for people affiliated with the military. Her Facebook posting got a million-and-a-half likes, 43,000 comments and has been shared 200,000 times.

Nearly 4,000 Pakistani soldiers have lost their lives in our ongoing struggle. Their families deserve such a treatment too; it is the least we could do.